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Grave Mistake (Beshalach)

Preview: “Was it for lack of graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?” Some see this as the first recorded example of Jewish self-deprecating humor. But maybe the suggestion wasn’t meant sarcastically. Maybe the people meant it seriously. Indeed, they might have had good reason to. To realize why, just think back to Yaakov and Yosef’s deathbed requests…

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Mystery Meat (Beha’alotcha)

Preview: Do the math, and you’ll discover that the debacle at Kivrot HaTa’avah, retold in this week’s parshah, actually took place over Shavuot. Might this explain why we limit our meat intake on that holiday?

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